Marc Garvin is a guitar soloist, chamber music performer, public speaker and well-known instructor.  He’s performed regularly with Houston’s classical music triad:  the Symphony, Grand Opera, and Ballet.  He’s accompanied Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli, New Zealand’s Hayley Westenra, and legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.  The Houston Ballet tapped him as solo guitarist for its American premier of Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.  Whether performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Music Ensemble, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., or as a recitalist through the Texas Commission on the Arts, his enthusiasm and musicality has charmed audiences throughout the United States and Canada.  Calling Houston home, Marc made the airwaves vibrate on Houston Public Radio (KUHF-88.7 FM), where he co-hosted Pulling Strings – a weekly show for music lovers with an ear for instruments that are picked, plucked, and strummed. 


As a graduate with a degree in music from Carnegie-Mellon University, Marc Garvin has placed a high emphasis on music education.  He currently teaches a full schedule of students at his private studio, Houston Community College and St. Francis Episcopal School.  As a college professor, Mr. Garvin has been on the faculties of Carnegie-Mellon University, Houston Baptist University, Lamar University, Houston Community College and San Jacinto Jr. College.  He has also worked as an artist on the roster of Young Audiences of America and was an active teaching artist for the Texas Institute for Arts in Education.  Many of his students have been accepted to prestigious music schools including The New England Conservatory of Music, The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas, The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and The Beinen School of Music at Northwestern University.